Takeaway: One word
Takeover: As noun but to take over
Take-off: With hyphen
Tai chi: Not t’ai chi. And taekwondo
Taliban: Note spelling
Targeted: One t.
But it is a tired phrase best avoided
Tarmac: Is a tradename so needs a cap T
Television: TV is acceptable but telly is not
Third World: Note caps
That: This word is so often completely unnecessary and superfluous. Kill them off unless it is crucial to making the sentence work. E.g. Leave it out of ‘He said that the council was talking nonsense’, and make it ‘He said the council was talking nonsense’.
Time: 4pm not 4 o’clock. Try to avoid using ‘from’ unless times are written out in a proper sentence. Examples:
The meeting takes place on Monday, January 1, 10-11am.
The meeting takes place on Monday, January 1, 10am-4pm.
Mr Robinson works from 11am to 4pm.
Police said the break-in happened between 11am and 4pm.
Do not use 12am or 12pm – use noon and midnight.
Titles: Titles of council committees, officials, company employees etc should be lower case e.g. planning committee, Jim Jones, chief executive, Eva Young, sales director.
Titles of books/films/newspapers: Should be written thus – Great Expectations, Die Hard, The Times. They are not italicised or placed in quote marks, except in body text on lifestyle pages, in which case they should be italicised.
Tonnes: Is a metric measure (1,000kg), tons is an imperial measure (2,240lb) Use whichever is correct
Tube: Cap when referring to London Underground
Turn-off: But turnout, turnaround
Tradenames: Avoid. They include: Biro, Dictaphone, Elastoplast, Fibreglass, Formica, Hoover, Optic, Photostat, Polaroid, Sellotape, Tipp-Ex, Thermos. Any use of a trade name that implies blame can be dangerous.
Transatlantic: Note one word
T-shirt: It’s T-shirt, not tee-shirt or t-shirt